Dallas is magical in spring and summer, and there's nothing better than enjoying a meal or drink outside. Here are the 4 best shops to find your favorite foods, snacks and picnic essentials and to enjoy the warm weather.
Impressing your guests has never been this easy. Casamia provides a wide selection of curated boxes with everything you need to create a breathtaking tablescape for your garden party or picnic—from a beautiful variety of melamine plates, fancy drinking glasses and delicate cloth napkins to vases and even planters to elevate your decor. If you’re feeling creative, you can also personalize the tablescape materials and add a theme for every occasion you wish to celebrate. (Check out its CasaMINI boxes.) getcasamia.com
2. Boxed Bites
Offering boxed delicacies of all sizes, Boxed Bites’ carefully curated cheese and charcuterie boxes are elegantly prepared just for you. Ideal for every occasion, picnics or a gift for foodies, each box contains gourmet cheeses, specialty meats, fresh fruit, locally baked bread and crackers, as well as local Dallas honey and spreads. Whether you want to spend a day in the great outdoors on your own or want to reunite with friends and family, offerings range from boxes for individual servings to servings for a party of 20. Plus, the company delivers right to your doorstep. (P.S. Take advantage of its personalized handwritten notes.) boxedbitesdallas.com
Perfect for a warm summer afternoon at the park or an at-home picnic, Eataly’s wide array of gourmet offerings and prepackaged bundles are guaranteed to take your picnic to the next level. Offering housemade pastries made with the finest of ingredients, selection dishes on the go, sandwiches, salads, fresh mozzarella and exquisite desserts, you’ll want it all. Its natural wine pairings picked by experts will leave you delighted. Make sure to try mouthwatering freshly baked focaccia bread and famous dessert trays (especially the tiramisu al limoncello) for a sweet end to your day. 8687 N. Central Expressway, eataly.com
Foxtrot’s grab-and-go options, snacks and prepared meals make the ideal picnic lunch. From dips, salads and sandwiches to decadent pastries, cookies and desserts, you can find it all in one place. Order your drink of choice and sip on its wide array of coffee and superfood smoothies, as well as wine, spirits, beer, ciders and seltzers paired with everything you need to make your go-to cheeseboard. Known for its great quality and customer service, the coffee shop and gourmet convenience store delivers to your doorstep and offers curbside pickup. (Check out its featured bundles on the website). Various locations (Uptown & University Park), foxtrotco.com